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Ano: 2011  Vol. 15   Num. 2  - Abr/Jun
DOI: 10.1590/S1809-48722011000200014
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Enxerto Bovino Orgnico Associado ao PRP em Calvria de Coelhos
Organic Bovine Graft Associated With PRP In Rabbit Calvaria
Flaviana Soares Rocha1, Lara Maria Alencar Ramos2, Jonas Dantas Batista1, Darceny Zanetta-Barbosa3, Paula Dechichi4.
regenerao ssea, plasma rico em plaquetas, compostos orgnicos.

Introduo: O reparo sseo de grandes defeitos um grande desafio para a cirurgia reconstrutora atualmente. Objetivo: O objetivo desse estudo foi realizar avaliao histolgica do reparo sseo em calvria de coelhos depois do uso de enxerto sseo bovino (Gen-ox-organic) associado a plasma rico em plaquetas (PRP). Mtodo: Foram utilizados 12 coelhos, e dois fragmentos sseos foram removidos da calvria bilateralmente. Ento 24 stios cirrgicos foram aleatoriamente separados em 3 grupos: cogulo (grupo I), orgnico (grupo II) e orgnico com PRP (grupo III). Depois de quatro semanas, os animais foram sacrificados e a rea enxertada foi removida, fixada em formol a 10%, em PBS 0,1M e includas em parafina. Resultados: Os parmetros histolgicos analisados foram: rea do defeito preenchida com osso neoformado, presena de clulas gigantes e partculas do enxerto, e neoformao ssea associada com as partculas. Os defeitos do grupo I foram preenchidos com tecido fibroso que condicionou o peristeo e apresentou uma pequena formao ssea na periferia. Nos grupos II e III, um padro semelhante foi observado e tambm ausncia de partculas do enxerto e clulas gigantes. No houve diferena significativa no nmero de clulas gigantes, partculas do enxerto e neoformao ssea em volta das partculas entre o material enxertado e o grupo com PRP associado. Concluso: Os resultados obtidos indicam que o biomaterial orgnico isolado ou em associao com o PRP no melhoraram a regenerao ssea.


Reconstruction methods are essential for functional rehabilitation and treatment of traumatic bone loss or atrophic changes of the upper and lower jaws. Autogenous bone graft is considered the gold standard (17,20), however, autografting is limited by the amount of bone that can be retrieved, morbidity and risk of infection (17,22).

Biomaterials can be used for replacing autografts (22) and organic bovine bone matrix, an osteoconductive biomaterial (17) is used for these purpose (8) demonstrating good results in orthognatic (17) and trauma surgeries (4). During processing, the biomaterial is washed for elimination of blood, fat and any impurities to reduce the infection risks and immunogenic host response (9). Then, it is decalcified and dehydrated by the lyophilization process, which prevents denaturation of the proteins while keeping the active component, including bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) (4). Therefore, the biomaterial retains the trabecular collagenous framework of the original tissue and can serve as a biologic osteoconductive scaffold with osteoinductive proteins despite the loss of structural strength (9). In vivo studies have demonstrated the feasibility of the use of xenogenic bone in in orthognatic (17) and trauma surgeries (4), but the results remain controversial, with different outcomes according to the type of defect (33) and variable resorption rate (24).

The association of biomaterials with repair promoters, like platelet rich plasma (PRP), is promising (14) because it accelerates deposition and incorporation of new bone along the graft material, thereby reducing the time necessary to achieve ideal results. The PRP effect is attributed to local growth factors contained in the platelet. Additional advantages include their adhesive nature (13,18), hemostasis and lack of immune reaction (13). Studies have shown an increase in osteoblast activity and bone formation when mineralized (35,36) and demineralized bone matrices (17) are used associated with growth factors (21). However, some studies did not observe any increase in bone healing when using PRP (1,11,27). Therefore, the purpose of this study was histologically evaluate bone repair in rabbit calvaria bone defects, after using bovine organic bone matrix, associated or not with PRP.



The tested material was bovine organic bone (BOB) (GenOx-organic, Baumer SA, Mogi Mirim, SP, Brazil).

PRP preparation

PRP was prepared following aseptic processing procedures according to Sonnleitner modified method (11). Blood was obtained several minutes before the administration of anesthesia. Five milliliters of blood was drawn from each rabbit from auricular vein using one 5ml vacutainer tubes containing anticoagulant (sodium citrate). A first centrifugation was done during 20 minutes at 1000 rpm (160g) to separate the cell from blood plasma. The supernatant and 2 mm below the dividing line between the phases was pipetted and transferred to a tube without anticoagulant. A second centrifugation was done for 15 minutes at the speed of 1600 rpm (400g). The PRP was separated from platelet poor plasma (PPP). For each 0.5 mL of PRP, 25 microliters of 10% calcium chloride was added as an activator.

Surgery procedure

Twelve healthy mature female New Zealand white rabbits with a weight between 2,5 and 3,5kg were used as experimental animals. The experiment procedures were executed in conformity with the ethical principles of Brazilian College of Animal Experimentation. The animals were anesthetized intramuscularly with ketamine (25 mg/kg)/xylazine (10 mg/kg)/acepran (0.2 mg/kg)/midazolan (0.2 mg/kg) and local anesthesia with 0.9 mL of mepivacaine with epinephrine. A single prophylactic dose of antibiotic therapy with cephalosporin (30 mg/kg) was administered intravenously. With the rabbits in ventral position, trichotomy and antisepsis was performed in the calvaria region with a solution of topical povidine. This region received a middle line incision, which extended from the frontal to the occipital bone. The parietal bone was exposed by detaching the muscle and periosteum. Using an 8mm diameter trephine drill, under abundant irrigation with physiological solution, two defects were created in the right and left parietal bone. The defects were filled with coagulus (group I), BOB (group II) and BOB with PRP (group III). The animals received normal diet consisting of granular food and water ad libitum. Four weeks after surgery they were anesthetized with thiopental 2.5% and euthanatized with potassium chloride at 19.1%.

Sample evaluation

The bone pieces with the defects and the attached soft tissue were removed and immediately fixed in 10% phosphate buffered formaldehyde solution during 48h. Thereafter, the tissue blocks were decalcified in EDTA 4,13% during four weeks, dehydrated with graded alcohols and embedded in paraffin. The histological semi-serial sections of 5m thickness obtained were stained with Hematoxillin-Eosine and Mallory Trichrome. Histological analysis of bone filling in the defect area, presence of giant cells and graft particles in the defect area, bone neoformation associated with the graft particles, was performed under light microscope at X10 and X40 magnification in 3 sections for each paraffin block. The analysis using scores was conducted according to the following criteria (Table 1).

The results obtained were submitted to normality test, Kruskall-Wallis (Dunns post test) and Mann-Whitney tests. Differences were considered statistically significant at p<0.05.


During the experiment all animal remained in good health and did not show complications. The histological analysis of the defect area showed normal healing process. No inflammatory signs or adverse tissue was observed irrespective of the evaluated groups.

In Group I (coagulus) the area of the defect showed a dense connective tissue (Figure 1A) with bundles of collagen fibers and little bone ingrowth from the periphery of the defect. The presence giant cells was not observed observed. In Groups II (organic) and III (organic with PRP) we observed little bone neoformation maily from the edges of the defect (Figures 1B and 1C), similarly with Group I. The defect was completely filled with a connective tissue along with the periosteum. Particles of the implanted graft or neoformation associated with them were rarely seen. In all groups, calvaria thickness was reduced in the defect area, with loss of the original architecture.

Histological results revealed no statistically significant differences in defects bone filling between all studied groups (p=0.83). There was no significant difference in the number of giant cells (p=0.49), graft particles (p=0.73) and bone neoformation around graft particles (p not calculated) between the grafted materials wether PRP was added or not (Table 2).

Figure 1. Area of the defect showed a dense connective tissue (Figure 1A) with bundles of collagen fibers and little bone ingrowth from the periphery of the defect, in Groups II (organic) and III (organic with PRP) a little bone neoformation maily from the edges of the defect (Figures 1B and 1C).


Rabbits are used as biological models for evaluate bone repair due to physiological and metabolic similarities to humans (25). besides offering sufficient blood volume for preparation of platelet concentrates (13). Furthermore, platelets of humans and other mammalians have a similar structure and constituents.

Bone regeneration in calvaria defects has some particularities due to the local tissue environment (10). In this study, care was taken to avoid damage in the underlying dura and also the periosteum, that contributes to graft revascularization and integrity (19). It provides blood supply for bone and osteprogenitor cells, essencial for bone regeneration (2).

Large bone defects cannot heal spontaneously, preventing the natural repair of the damaged bone, therefore, a precise comparison of different graft materials becomes possible (31). Autogenous graft is the pattern for reconstruction (16,17). However, researchers continuously try to improve on current bone grafting techniques and bone regeneration (3,5,30) to reduce the necessity of donor areas. Various bone substitutes and growth factors have recently become important in reconstructive surgeries (3,5).

The performance of organic bone substitutes is not very clear, but some studies in orthognatic (17) and trauma surgeries (4) demonstrated good results, what didn't occurs in the current study. The bone defects didn't exhibit new bone formation in the center of the defect in all experimental groups. Clearly, in the present study, the biomaterial was not able to maintain the original calvarial bone volume and, consequently didn't work as a scaffold. Bovine organic bone was rapidly absorbed and the histological analysis showed that the new bone formation was formed at peripheral areas, indicating a doubtful osteoconductive and osteoinductive (28) ability of the material, which didn't differ from coagulus.

Because the biomaterial resorption must occur just before the material can be replaced by newly formed bone, a delicate balance between the two concurrent processes must be maintained for the graft to be substituted by host bone without appreciable loss of volume (15). As such, the resorption rate and the time elapsed for the material resorption appears to be related to the amount of bone neoformation (24). When the graft particles are slowly absorbed, they act like a scaffold during the healing period, conducting the formation of new bone within the defects. Therefore, the accelerated resorption rate of organic bone matrices observed may be the main disadvantage of this material. As a result, demineralized bone could be indicated in procedures where variable resorption may be acceptable (7) like the repair of small defects.

The material processing certainly decreases the risk of infection and immunogenic host response, nevertheless the possibility of disease transmission is not eradicated (9). Apparently, the material may elicit an antigenic stimulus sufficient to amount an antibody immune response in the host, resulting in accelerated incorporation and also, rapid graft resorption as observed in the present study. The biomaterial may be, for the host, an antigenic deposit which is continuously exposed to the immune system (23). As long as the graft resortion progress, the previously inaccessible incorporated proteins and, probably residual toxic agents derived from scaffold processing are realeased, affecting host cell viability and functions, including differentiation of surrounding osteogenic cells.

This material is formely known as an alternative graft formed by placing the harvested bovine bone in acid bath, resulting in an osteoconductive collagen matrix with BMP, which impart the osteoinductive properties of this graft (7). Despite the expected positive effect of the biomaterial, some studies claimed that the material processing can reduce the concentration of matrix incorporated factors or even result in their inactivation thereby accounting for the observed lack of osteoinductivity. This phenomenom may also be compounded by the presence of soluble osteogenic inhibitory factors, that can also be found in these kind of materials.

Platelets are a natural source of growth factors that play an important role in the wound-healing process (34). Increasing the concentration of platelets in a bone defect may lead to improved bone formation. However, the association of PRP to biomaterials stays controversial (27). Some in vivo studies demonstrated the effectiveness of PRP associated with bone substitutes for treating periodontal defects or for sinus floor augmentation (26). On the other hand, other studies have failed to show the favorable effect of PRP combined with various biomaterials on bone regeneration (32). The present study failed to identify a markedly increase in bone formation with the addition of PRP. The potency of growth factors liberated by PRP seems to be too weak to induce bone formation in defects with low regenerative capacity (29) like the ones of our study.

Platelets are known to be effective during the initial stage of bone graft healing (12), because the life span of a platelet in a wound and the period of direct influence of its growth factors are less than five days (6). Therefore, a major effect of PRP supposedly occurs during the early stages of bone regeneration (12) and couldnt be seen in long term evaluations like in this study. Additionally, bone neoformation along with the biomaterial particles didn't occur due to its fast resorption, which could have influenced the effectiveness of PRP.


In this study bovine bone material was not able to conduct the formation of new bone within defects. In accordance with the results, bovine organic bone matrix, isolated or associated with PRP, did not improve bone repair.


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1 Mestre. Professor (a) da Disciplina de Cirurgia e Traumatologia Buco-Maxilo-Facial.
2 Mestre. Doutoranda em Estomatopatologia.
3 Doutor. Professor da Disciplina de Cirurgia e Traumatologia Buco-Maxilo-Facial.
4 Doutora. Professora da Disciplina de Histologia Oral.

Instituio: Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Federal de Uberlndia. Uberlndia / MG - Brasil. Endereo para correspondncia: Flaviana Soares Rocha - Avenida Par s/n - Campus Umuarama - Bloco 4T - Departamento de Cirurgia e Traumatologia Buco-Maxilo-Facial - Bairro Umuarama - Uberlndia / MG - Brasil - CEP: 38400-902 - Telefone: (+55 34) 3218-2636 / 3238-6095 - E-mail: flavianasoares.rocha@gmail.com

Artigo recebido em 18 de Novembro de 2010. Artigo aprovado em 9 de Maro de 2011.


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